Review:Happily Ever After by Kiera Cass

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Happily Ever After by Kiera Cass

Series: The Selection #0.4 / 0.5 / 2.5 / 2.6

Publisher: HarperCollins

Published October 8th, 2015

Genres: YA, Romance

Pages: 387

Format: Paperback

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Meet Prince Maxon before he fell in love with America, and a girl named Amberly before she became queen. See the Selection through the eyes of a guard who watched his first love drift away and a girl who fell for a boy who wasn’t the prince. This gorgeous collection features four novellas from the captivating world of Kiera Cass’s #1 New York Times bestselling Selection series, as well as exclusive, never-before-seen bonus content.

This series companion is a must-have for any Selection fan, and includes:

The Prince
The Guard
The Queen
The Favorite
Exclusive new scenes from The SelectionThe Elite, and The One
Introductions to each novella from Kiera Cass
A map of Illéa and other illustrations
And more!

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Review: The Crown by Kiera Cass (no spoilers)

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The Crown by Kiera Cass

Series: The Selection #5

Publisher: Harper Collins

Genres: Young Adult, Dystopian, Romance

Pages: 279

Format: Paperback

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When Eadlyn became the first princess of Illéa to hold her own Selection, she didn’t think she would fall in love with any of her thirty-five suitors. She spent the first few weeks of the competition counting down the days until she could send them all home. But as events at the palace force Eadlyn even further into the spotlight, she realizes that she might not be content remaining alone.

Eadlyn still isn’t sure she’ll find the fairytale ending her parents did twenty years ago. But sometimes the heart has a way of surprising you…and soon Eadlyn must make a choice that feels more impossible—and more important—than she ever imagined.

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Review: The Heir by Kiera Cass

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The Heir by Kiera Cass

Series: The Selection #4

Publisher: Harper Collins

Genres: Young Adult, Dystopian, Romance

Pages: 342

Format: Paperback

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Princess Eadlyn has grown up hearing endless stories about how her mother and father met. Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won the heart of Prince Maxon—and they lived happily ever after. Eadlyn has always found their fairy-tale story romantic, but she has no interest in trying to repeat it. If it were up to her, she’d put off marriage for as long as possible.

But a princess’s life is never entirely her own, and Eadlyn can’t escape her very own Selection—no matter how fervently she protests.

Eadlyn doesn’t expect her story to end in romance. But as the competition begins, one entry may just capture Eadlyn’s heart, showing her all the possibilities that lie in front of her . . . and proving that finding her own happily ever after isn’t as impossible as she’s always thought.

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Review: The One by Kiera Cass

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The One by Kiera Cass

Series: The Selection #3

Published by Harper Teen

Genres: Young Adult, Dystopian, Romance

Pages: 323

Format: Paperback

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The time has come for one winner to be crowned.

When she was chosen to compete in the Selection, America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown–or to Prince Maxon’s heart. But as the end of the competition approaches, and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realizes just how much she stands to lose–and how hard she’ll have to fight for the future she wants.

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Review: The Elite by Kiera Cass

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The Elite by Kiera Cass

Series: The Selection #2

Publisher: Harper Teen

Genres: Young Adult, Dystopian, Romance

Pages: 323

Format: Paperback

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The Selection began with thirty-five girls. Now, with the group narrowed down to the Elite, the competition to win Prince Maxon’s heart is fiercer than ever–and America is still struggling to decide where her own heart truly lies. Is it with Maxon, who could make her life a fairy tale? Or with her first love, Aspen, who she always thought was the one?

America is desperate for more time. But the rest of the Elite know exactly what they want–and America’s chance to choose is about to slip away.

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Review: The Selection by Kiera Cass

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The Selection by Kiera Cass

Series: The Selection #1

Publisher: Harper Teen

Genres: Young Adult, Dystopian, Romance

Pages: 327

Format: Paperback

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The first book in the captivating, #1 New York Times bestselling Selection series! Discover a breathless fairy-tale romance with swoon-worthy characters, glittering gowns, fierce intrigue, and a dystopian world that will captivate readers who loved Veronica Roth’s Divergent, Ally Condie’s Matched, and Lauren Oliver’s Delirium.

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape a rigid caste system, live in a palace, and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon. But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her, and competing for a crown she doesn’t want.

Then America meets Prince Maxon—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

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Review: Four by Veronica Roth

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Four by Veronica Roth

Series: Divergent #0.1 – 0.4

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Genres: Fiction, Dystopian, Science Fiction, Short Stories

Pages: 208

Format: Paperback

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Two years before Beatrice Prior made her choice, the sixteen-year-old son of Abnegation’s faction leader did the same. Tobias’s transfer to Dauntless is a chance to begin again. Here, he will not be called the name his parents gave him. Here, he will not let fear turn him into a cowering child.

Newly christened “Four,” he discovers during initiation that he will succeed in Dauntless. Initiation is only the beginning, though; Four must claim his place in the Dauntless hierarchy. His decisions will affect future initiates as well as uncover secrets that could threaten his own future—and the future of the entire faction system.

Two years later, Four is poised to take action, but the course is still unclear. The first new initiate who jumps into the net might change all that. With her, the way to righting their world might become clear. With her, it might become possible to be Tobias once again.

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth comes a companion volume to the worldwide bestselling DIVERGENT series, told from the per-spective of the immensely popular character Tobias. The four pieces included here—THE TRANSFER, THE INITIATE, THE SON, and THE TRAITOR—plus three additional exclusive scenes, give readers an electrifying glimpse into the history and heart of Tobias, and set the stage for the epic saga of the DIVERGENT trilogy.

Four: A Divergent Story Collection contains all of the following short stories:
1. The Transfer: A Divergent Story
2. The Initiate: A Divergent Story
3. The Son: A Divergent Story
4. The Traitor: A Divergent Story

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This book was amazing! There is not much to say more than that 😛 … Tobias has been the character I love the most, even comparing to Tris. And to know more about him was so much needed!! LOL

You get to know Four, 2 years before he even meets Tris. So you get to see a different side of him. You get to see the scared boy from Abnegation struggling to break free from his faction and abusive father, and you see him grow into the man he is by the time Divergent begins.

Four is that strong character we all saw in Divergent and so on but he is so much more than that! He passed through so much… he battled so hard to be better, to be different, to erase his ghosts…

I love him even more after this book!

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What do you think of Four?

What was your favorite short story?

Review: Allegiant by Veronica Roth

 

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Allegiant by Veronica Roth

Series: Divergent #3

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Genres: Young Adult, Dystopian, Science Fiction

Pages: 526

Format: Paperback

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The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered – fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.

But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningliess. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend to complexities of human nature – and of herself – while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love.

Told from a riveting dual perspective, ALLEGIANT, by #1 New York Times best-selling author Veronica Roth, brings the DIVERGENT series to a powerful conclusion while revealing the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in DIVERGENT and INSURGENT.

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Let me start by saying that I read the Portuguese version of this book because when I started the series I bought in PT and wanted to continue that way for the books to match. 😛

So, I was totally not liking the beginning of the book, I took me more than it should have to read it, I couldn’t make myself read it faster, it just didn’t make me so connected to it like the others did and believe me when I say that because Divergent (and Insurgent) are among my favorite books and it totally is (yes, it still is) one of my favorite series.

I don’t know why, but I certainly wasn’t a fan of the beginning or a lot of parts in the book, but I really loved other parts so… that’s why I am giving 3 starts to it…

The writing in Allegiant is still very amazing although I found a large chunk in the middle to be really slow and difficult to get through. I did NOT like the dual POV – their voices weren’t different enough for me not to get utterly confused from chapter to chapter; I still liked the characters, though Tris just could not stop pissing me off. (no shame in saying that I have a love/hate relationship with this one). I really liked the new world also.

I felt that the story itself was really nice but too stretched, I don’t really care for the end that everyone seems to dislike, I actually liked it, it was a big step for a ya book!
So the ending was actually the one thing that I approved of in this book. In a way, which I will explain soon. Some things were interesting to read about. I wasn’t bored. But I wasn’t very interested in it either. Not a nice feeling.

 

!WARNING: SPOILERS ahead!!

 


I adored Tobias in this book. He just gets better for each book. But I also feel miserable for him. Is anyone ever going to care for him? To love him, and to think of him first? …
Tobias deserved more. Which he did not get, like always. And that breaks my heart. He is not made of stone, can’t they see that, he also has feelings! …But even so, I adored reading about him and he will always be one of my favorite characters.

Then there is Tris. My god, I could not stand her in this book (I was already not that much of a big fan of her but I liked her still). I did not approve her choices. She doesn’t talk enough with Tobias. She does not seem to trust him. She does not comfort him at all. And she has done so many mistakes, is she the only one who can do that? After how much she hurt him, and he survived that, shouldn’t she already know him better, know herself better? She is a person that cares a lot about others okay, but I don’t think she cares enough about him. She acts like a hero but in the daily basis she is so arghhh….

There is just so many things in this book that I disliked. We get to know why there are factions, why they live alone. It was interesting, but not exciting, it just felt a bit flat. And not enough to know the characters, you know the world but a lot of the characters should have appeared more…

One of the worst things about this for me was that Marcus was not punished not even a bit  for all the wrong things he did. He didn’t even get shot or tortured or anything. I am so Not happy about it.

Like always, Tris had to put her life in risk and not think about the ones that lover her… Everything for the bigger cause yeah yeah, but still… She didn’t care a bit about the ones that actually cared about her. Is that a hero?
So in a way I’m happy she died. It made my heart break for Tobias, because he deserves more than anybody to be happy. So I am oh so happy that Tobias didn’t die. That would have just been.. unforgivable.

Anyway after all she passed she died why to easily… But anyway. Tobias was the bright point in this book. His point of view was the very best of it all.

Anyway I did like this book but it’s totally not even near the other ones. But Tobias! ❤

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What’s your favorite book?

Which one did you like better, movie or book?

Review: Insurgent by Veronica Roth

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Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Series: Divergent #2

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Genres: Young Adult, Dystopian, Science Fiction

Pages: 592

Format: Paperback

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One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

Tris’s initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.

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After re-reading this book I still love it as much as the first time!! I just couldn’t put it down.

So, the story picks up right where Divergent left off, Tris, Tobias (Four), Caleb, Marcus and Peter have managed to escape from the Erudite attack on the Abnegation and are headed to Amity to regroup and decide what to do next.

Tris is devastated by the loss of so many of her family and friends and she feels guilty about Will’s death. So she is becoming more and more reckless in her behaviour and is putting her life at risk.

As the first time I read I felt that the principal character here was Four and not Tris, not to mention that Tris was awesome, she was strong-willed, smart, enduring. She was truly dauntless. And of course Divergent! But that was in Divergent… In this one she was destroyed… (what you can’t totally get after what she is being thought but she always forgets that she is not the only one with problems). But Four. He is amazing in this book! Tris made loads of stupid and irrational decisions, that could have cost her life and Four’s.

Tris and Tobias have this incredible chemistry that is impossible not to see. They belong together. But Tris always decides that only she exists… That she is the one that has to face all obstacles alone and to put her self at risk and for Four to act like a dog trying to protect her because she is stupid. But I do like them together, I just do like her irrationality and stupidity…

One of my favourite things about Insurgent was learning more about the different factions, Amity in particular was one we knew very little about from the first book… You get to see the positive side to each of the factions but you’ll also see all the flaws they have. We also learn more about the factionless and the divergent. It’s an incredible world!

Everything I loved about Divergent was multiplied in Insurgent! It has loads of the action and suspense. Loads of twists and it’s oh so awesome!!!! For sure I loved to re-read this book; it’s a lot different from divergent and still completely blows me away! I learned to love some characters and to really hate others that I wouldn’t expect I would, and I  want to kill them as much as I did before!

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What is your favorite character so far?

Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

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Divergent by Veronica Roth

Series: Divergent #1

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Genres: Young Adult, Dystopian, Science Fiction

Pages: 487

Format: Paperback

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In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

Veronica Roth is the New York Times bestselling author of Divergent, the first in a trilogy of dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.

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After all the time I read this book… It still has a special place in my heart and it always will. I’m glad I finally decided to re-read it, because I needed to, before reading Allegiant. Which I am now very worried about. But I still cannot wait, because I do have high hopes for it. And I just want more of Four. ❤

Since it’s a re-read and probably everyone already read them by now I will just talk about what happened that I loved and so on.

Divergent is told from the point of view of Tris. I really liked her. She’s strong and weak. She’s kind and cruel at times. She changes a lot in this book and I loved that. She’s an amazing person and I loved reading about her.

There are five factions in this book. Dauntless, Abnegation, Candor, Amity and Erudite. I loved reading about all of them, especially Dauntless although all of them have many flaws, and the fact that you can’t talk in between them is just stupid… I would never be able to live in this world, but if I had to I would love to choose dauntless although I don’t know if I would survive).

The character I love the most in this book is Four. He is amazing. He is a broken person that only needs some love. He is soft but strong and I think that’s why I like him so much! I loved getting to read about his life; and how he ended up being Dauntless. Though I wish there had been even more. I loved reading about him and Tris together, because I think she can show her the love he needs since they are so alike.

Tris’ friends are awesome. Especially Christina, but she can also be kinda bitter sweet. But I loved reading about her and Will together. Then there are the mean people, Peter, Molly and Drew, and of course Eric. I hated them so much. Molly is just a boyish girl that thinks to much of herself. Peter is just awful but even so Eric is probably more. And Drew his stupid. They are the rotten apples of the book.

There is so much I loved in Divergent. It’s such a touchy book!! I’m not sure how I felt about Tris’s brother yet, he seems distant and reserved but I guess thats the Abnegation way.

There is a lot of amazing things happening in this book. The dauntless type of living is just catchy…

I’m happy super happy that I re-read Divergent. I still love it like crazy!! Totally one of my favorite trilogies!!

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What’s your favorite faction? Why?